Gay Mc Keon – CEO

Gay Mc Keon was on the Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann from 1987, when he became Secretary. He subsequently served for five years as Treasurer and was the Chairman from 2002 until 2006 when he took on the job of CEO. He comes from a Dublin family noted for their involvement in Irish music – his father Tom was one of the activists who kept the Dublin Pipers Club running in the mid years of the last century.

He is surrounded by piping; his brother Tomás and his two sons Conor and Sean also play. Along with his sons Gay has made two CDs, Irish Piping Tradition (1997 – CDGMK001) and The Dusty Miller (2005 – CDGMCK002)


Emmett Gill – Archivist

Emmett Gill has been a piper and member of Na Píobairí Uilleann from an early age. He began piping at the London Pipers’ Club in Camden Town.

He has regularly taught for Na Píobairí Uilleann and served as a board member from 2011. His professional background is in administration and financial services.

Emmett has made two CDs, The Mountain Groves (2007) and a duet with fiddle player Jesse Smith The Rookery (2012).



Fionnán Mac Gabhann – Assistant Archivist


Fionnán Mac Gabhann is a piper who received most of his tuition on the instrument from Na Píobairí Uilleann. His father Ultán is a piper and introduced him to the instrument at an early age. He has taught and performed on the pipes at various festivals in Ireland, Europe and the USA.

Fionnán was raised through the Irish language. He holds a BA degree in Irish Folklore & Modern Irish from University College Dublin and is currently completing an M.Litt degree in Irish Folklore. He has received a number of scholarships during his studies and was the recent recipient of the acclaimed Máire Mac Néill scholarship from the Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin. He is currently the secretary of the Folklore of Ireland Society.